Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) arrives in Nice, France to have a vacation with her parents (Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara).
Spy Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher) is in Nice, staying at the same hotel and handling his deadly missions.
When the two meet, sparks fly and Spencer decides that he no longer wants to be spy. He wants a steady, normal life with Jen. So he quits. Of course Jen has no idea about Spencer’s background, she just thinks he is some sort of consultant. So Spencer quits and starts a whole new domestic life with Jen, and becomes accepted by her family.
Three years later, they are married and having the perfectly ordinary suburban life. Jen is working with internet security and Spencer is running his own firm. However, this comfortable existence is threatened when Spencer’s old boss tells him that he either finishes one last assignment or the “assignment” will finish him. Spencer is unwilling; however he is left with no choice when he realizes that his safe environment is not safe at all. He will have to confess his past, protect his wife and try save his marriage at the same time.
Killers is a romantic action/comedy. It is beautiful to look at and entertaining to watch, as long as you don’t try to get into the criticism mode too much. Even the smartest action movies are full of unintentional plot holes and being a romantic comedy first and an action comedy second, Killers does have quite a few. Another problem the movie has, it does fail to integrate all these three genres seamlessly. While Tom Cruise’s Knight and Day manages to be funny, romantic, exciting and sexy pretty much all the time, Killers starts as a fun romance, get a bit of a comedy, does romance again and by the time the action starts, the movie has already reached the middle. While it is not boring, knowing it is supposed to have action makes you a little impatient for the fast parts to start. And by the time the action is over, you think the movie should be in the middle, and not towards the end. So it does feel like two different movies at times.
So just treat Killers as the fluff, romantic comedy with action bits that it is, rather than an action comedy with romantic bits and you might have a good time. Katherine Heigl is OK, although I do think she is better at drama than comedy. Ashton Kutcher is s at home in a comedy as usual and Tom Selleck is priceless as always.
Fun note for Friends fans: Did the bit about the moustache remind you about Chandler and Richard? If it didn’t or if you haven’t seen that episode of Friends, it is in season 2, Episode 20. Watch that episode and have a hilarious déjà vu. Also the name of Jen’s ex is Richard, which is the name of the character Tom Selleck played in Friends.
Jen: Are you going to kill me too?
Spencer: If I was going to kill you, I’d shoot you back in the house. That sounded weird.
Jen (on how many men Spencer killed): How many people, Spencer?
Spencer: Four.teen. (pointing to the one he just killed): 15.
Jen: Is 15 your real number? Or is it like when you ask a girl how many guys she slept with and you have to double it times 10 (Spencer gives her a look). I didn’t do that.
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